Within several sci-fi universes (Star Wars and Star Trek in particular), when a ship jumps to FTL speeds, it's to traverse across galaxies. But is there anything that says you must travel a certain distance in order for whatever specific device it is that powers FTL travel to work? In other words, will the drives allow FTL to a neighboring planet or a location inside the same solar system?

As previously stated, I'm only asking if Star Wars and/or Star Trek have ever addressed this inside their respective worlds, as I'm sure there are countless other examples. Also note that I'm asking specifically about the FTL device's limitations, and not about any one captain or group's protocol (unless they actually modified the drive to act a certain way I guess).

Canonicity is not an issue.

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    The Picard Maneuver! – Molag Bal Apr 6 '17 at 19:46
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    Is there a reason to ask about both works simultaneously? They both use different methods of (fictional) FTL. – DaaaahWhoosh Apr 6 '17 at 19:47
  • This question would be greatly improved if it were split into separate questions for Star Wars and Star Trek. – ApproachingDarknessFish Apr 6 '17 at 19:48
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    @SonOfSam - Just wander in and say hi. If you want to ask a specific question, just post it and someone will almost always point you toward possible dupes if you're struggling to search... – Valorum Apr 6 '17 at 20:11
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    You mean traverse across ~a~ galaxy? Inter-galactic travel is extremely rare in Star Trek, nonexistent(?) in Star Wars, etc. Stargate: Universe appeared to be the only major sci-fi franchise to explore intergalactic travel. – SaltySub2 Apr 7 '17 at 6:10